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Hinduism
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I. History – II. Religious Doctrine – III. Society – IV. Hinduism and Christianity

I. History

1. Historical outline

Hinduism, from Persian hindu (“one who lives by the Indus River”), is a collective term for those religious communities and their systems that formed on the south Asian subcontinent (India: I) or spread there, whose social organization is characterized by particular rules of lineage and marriage (the so-called caste system, see III, 2 below; Caste:…

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Michaels, Axel, Fischer-Tiné, Harald, Eisenlohr, Patrick, Gail, Adalbert J., Lähnemann, Johannes and Wingate, Andrew, “Hinduism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_09875>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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